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|觀成法師 - 心經 全 8 講||Venerable Guan Cheng - Heart Sutra 28 Lectures|
The English text was translated by the monk Thich Nhat Hanh
Heart Sutra of Prajna-paramita*
(*the insight that brings us to the shore of perfect wisdom)
When Avalokiteshvara*(the Bodhisattva of Compassion) was meditating deeply with Prajna-paramita*(the insight that brings us to the shore of perfect wisdom),
suddenly discovered that all of the five Skandhas*(五蘊) are equally empty, (*Body/Matter, Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations and Consciousness.)
and with this realisation, he overcame Ill-being(苦厄-suffering).
“Listen Sariputra*, (Śāriputra was one of the top disciples of the Buddha)
Matter is not different from Emptiness (空),
and Emptiness is not different from Matter(色).
Matter itself is Emptiness,
Emptiness is itself is Matter.
The same is true of Feelings, Perceptions, Mental Formations, and Consciousness.”
All phenomena bear the mark of Emptiness. (their true nature is the nature of;)
no Defilement no Purity,
no Arising no Ceasing
no Increasing no Decreasing.”
“That is why in Emptiness(空）,
There is no Body/Matter(色). No Feelings(受), Perceptions(想), Mental Formations(行) and Consciousness(識).
No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, or mind.
No sight, sound, scent, taste, tangibles, or dharma.
No field of the eye up to no field of mental consciousness.
無眼界 乃至 無意識界
No suffering, no cause of suffering.
No ending of suffering, and no path.
No wisdom and also no attainment.
Because there is nothing obtainable. (Whoever can see this no longer needs anything to attain.)”
“Bodhisattvas* through the reliance on Prajna-paramita ( *A person who is on the path towards Buddhahood.)
see no attachment and hindrance in their minds.
Because there is no more attachment and hindrance,
There is no more fear,
detached from erroneous views and wishful-thinking,
realise the final Nirvana*(涅槃 *supreme peace).
“Therefore, it should be known that
Prajna-paramita*(the insight that brings us to the shore of perfect wisdom)
is the great mantra,
the most illuminating mantra,
the highest mantra,
the mantra beyond compare,
the true wisdom that has the power to put an end to all kinds of Ill-being(一切苦-suffering).
Therefore, let us proclaim a mantra to praise Prajna-paramita* (the insight that brings us to the shore of perfect wisdom).
Gate, Gate, Paragate, Parasamgate, Bodhi Svaha!